Fresh from vacation a surprisingly fresh office and clear desk throws Eve for a loop but opens the door for Peabody to lead a small cold case investigation. Peabody’s day gets better when her parents stop visit with fresh baked sweets in hand. Though her father, Sam, is a sensitive it’s Peabody’s mother, Phoebe that convinces Eve to extend a dinner invitation in their home using the Look.
The small talk over a meal befuddles Eve and she’s almost grateful to be called to the scene of a murder… a surprise birthday party they were invited to. Shifting clues and statement, Eve discovers the culprit is a serial killer she helped convict years ago setting off an intriguing and elegant game of cat and mouse. The villain was genius and quite the match for Eve.
In lighter moments, McNab tries to make a good impression on Peabody’s parents and dresses for dinner in periwinkle head to toe and neat a ponytail. Soon Roarke is out of character and succumbs to the Look as well. Long after these scenes played they remained hilarious in this almost touchy-feeling (for Eve) installment.
Perhaps the strides Eve made with her past in this fast paced emotional and mental action filled outing will be more cathartic than past efforts. Formulaic as the reads may be Roarke always finds an unexpected path for a romantic swoon and Eve learns and grows in social understanding an awareness for the living aspect without sacrificing her devotion to standing for the dead.